Whether remote or in person, it’s not a stretch to say that people work better when they are happier. Of course, many factors are at play when it comes to employee happiness, and there’s only so much that business leadership can do to improve employee attitudes. At the same time, it’s important that company culture is not the source of negativity in an employee’s life. Even better, a positive company culture can make going to work something that employees look forward to.
Employee engagement in their work can increase productivity and make the workplace somewhere that they want to stay and grow. That can translate to employees who develop and strengthen skills that can make them great fits for leadership positions in the organization down the line.
Positive company culture can also help nurture the relationship between employees, and breed an atmosphere of collaboration and innovation. Whether in person or in virtual settings, employees who have open and positive conversations with each other are probably more likely to share their ideas with each other. These conversations can increase the comradery among employees and help the organization work better as a team.
It can be difficult for employees to share fresh ideas and innovate. That can be made even more difficult when employees feel that there will be a negative reaction when they share what’s on their mind. In a positive office culture, employees are free to share even their most outlandish ideas without fear of judgment. That idea may not be the finalized version, but it can yield further conversation and collaboration that does produce that critical breakthrough.
This atmosphere of collaboration can make it easier for employees and managers to have difficult conversations about potential obstacles and challenges. In a positive office culture, employees can feel comfortable about sharing when they are struggling. This can help those in leadership positions develop a strategy to head off potential problems before they grow out of proportion.
On the flip side, when employees feel that they cannot have these conversations because of a negative office culture, they may not share this crucial information. The result can be that problems fester and become much more serious and difficult to address. Positive office culture can help ensure that problems are addressed as soon as they arise.
These are all good reasons why organization leadership should commit time to creating a positive workplace culture. When it comes to remote work, however, the need for a strategy becomes even more apparent. In the following, Woods explains the kinds of unique challenges raised by remote work when it comes to a positive office culture strategy.